In John 6 we read about the feeding of the five thousand. After the miracle the people want to force Jesus to be their king. Before they can approach Him, he sends the disciples across the sea back to Capernaum,dismisses the crowd, and then He departs to the mountain to pray.
In the next section the crowd begins to question Jesus as to what sign He will give them to prove that He is the Messiah. His feeding the five thousand was incredible, but Moses had given their fathers manna from heaven. Jesus immediately gets their attention by declaring “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger…” (6.35). Jesus tells them He is the true manna from heaven, that they must believe in Him, and that this Bread is the only way to have eternal life.
Today we will be comparing Jesus, the Bread of life, with the manna given to the Israelites during their wilderness wanderings. Please join us at Living Oaks Baptist Church as we worship together in fellowship, song, and the study of God’s word. I hope to see you at 10:45 a.m.
by John Piper
At Bethlehem we close prayer week with a focus on the value of reading and memorizing Scripture in the new year. I preach on the value of God’s word and the importance of reading and memorizing the Scripture every day.
Justin Taylor has pulled together a list of possible ways to read the Bible in this new year.
I encourage everyone to take the closing days of the year to plan how you are going to read the Bible in the new year. Don’t leave it to chance. One of the main reasons we don’t read God’s word is that we don’t plan to.
This past year I used the McCheyne reading plan, reading it with the Olive Tree Software on the iPad. McCheyne takes you through the whole Bible once, and the Psalms and the New Testament twice. It was for me a rich daily feast.
We also love to recommend the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan for one main reason. Few things discourage us more from reading the Bible in a year than falling behind. This plan gives five catch up days every month. This is absolutely golden!
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. Those are the words of Jesus (Matthew 4:4). Let’s take them seriously and live on the word every day in 2012.
You can read more by John Piper by going to Desiring God.